By A. Sherrod Blakely
NEW ORLEANS Glen Davis was wearing the enemies' colors, but make no mistake about it, the Boston Celtics forward was definitely at home on Saturday night against the New Orleans Hornets.
Davis' play was among the keys to Boston rallying for an 89-85 win over the Hornets.
The 6-foot-7 forward grew up in nearby Baton Rouge, and starred at LSU.
Not surprisingly, he had several family members and friends in attendance.
And did he ever give them something to cheer for.
He scored 20 points off the bench, played solid defense and still managed to haul in eight rebounds.
It was yet another all-around effort for Davis who remains one of the NBA's top reserves.
"It's good to put on a show for the fans who don't get to see me play in person," Davis said.
Although he's known primarily for his ability to score, Davis continues to display the kind of balanced game that the Celtics have been wanting from him for years.
"Baby has been playing exceptional - more than exceptional - since he's come back from the injury," said Paul Pierce.
Davis suffered a strained Patella tendon in his left knee against Phoenix on March 2, an injury that kept him out for four games.
Since returning to the lineup, Davis has averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
Better health is only part of Davis' improved play of late.
He understands that for the Celtics to achieve their only goal this year - bring home Banner 18 - he will have to step up his play and be more of an impact player.